Nene Centre Climbing Wall Opens
Nene Centre, Thrapston, which has seen operations recently move to leisure operators Freedom Leisure on behalf of East Northamptonshire Council, is to undergo the first phase of refurbishment works with the installation of a 6-metre high children’s climbing wall.
Freedom Leisure are kicking off a schedule of improvements across all three centres in the district, with £32k invested into this new indoor climbing facility.
Installation work is set to start next week and will take around a week to complete, with staff training to commence immediately after. Opening of the wall for customer use is planned for the end of June/beginning of July.
The wall will be available for casual climbing sessions, group and party bookings and for school use, and will be the only climbing wall in East Northamptonshire. The facility is being installed by Hangfast Adventure Engineering, who will also be training centre staff. Hangfast are experience engineers who say “they have been creating adventure since 2001”.
This climbing wall will be a top-rope climbing wall with eight top rope lines and four auto belays. It can have 16 or more different climbing routes at any one time, with the option to reset the routes at regular intervals to keep the experience fresh and challenge climbers. It features; slab, vertical and overhanging surfaces to test all abilities, with classic top-rope anchors allowing the teaching of the fundamental climbing skills, belaying and rope techniques.
Chris Tye, Freedom Leisure Area Manager, says: “This wall is the first brand new facility being added by Freedom Leisure since it commenced its contract on 1 April. Freedom Leisure is more than just a leisure centre operator; it prioritises engendering active communities and targeting groups who are currently less active. This wall will be a wonderful facility for local children, giving them the opportunity to try indoor climbing as a sport – who knows, we may even help to find and nurture the countries next generation of climbing stars.”
Steven North, Leader of East Northamptonshire Council, added: “We’re very excited to see the improvements to our centres being rolled out and are confident that this climbing wall will be enjoyed by many children who have perhaps never tried this sport before. We’re working closely with freedom leisure to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for all of our residents and look forward to announcing further centre improvements and new initiatives for all ages to enjoy.”
To find out more about all facilities at The Nene Centre visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk or call 01832 734090.